Although experienced drivers also get into motor vehicle accidents, those just learning to drive are more likely to make mistakes that can lead to car crashes. A common uncertainty of injury victims in this situation is whether they can hold the negligent driver legally accountable, given their student status.
Being a student is no excuse
Every driver, including students, has the duty to drive with due care and attention. This includes abiding by traffic rules and obeying traffic signs and signals. If a student driver fails to carry out this duty, leading to a car accident and your injuries, you can hold them responsible.
Others who can be responsible
In car accidents involving student drivers, liability is not limited to the drivers themselves. You could hold other people responsible, including:
- A teen student driver’s parents: Many student drivers are teens. If parents allow them to drive despite knowing they are still inexperienced and could be dangerous on the road, they can be liable for damages from a car crash.
- Driving instructor: Instructors are responsible for keeping a close eye on their students during driving sessions and should be able to apply the necessary steps to avoid accidents. If they fail to do so, victims can hold them responsible.
- Driving school: Driving schools are responsible for their instructors and vehicles. Lack of training and proper vehicle maintenance, among other duties, can be grounds to seek compensation against them.
Determining who you can hold responsible will depend on the facts and circumstances surrounding your case.
Clear all uncertainties and fight for your right
If you have been injured in a car accident, regardless of the status of the driver at fault, it is your right to seek compensation and damages against them to cover your medical expenses, property damage repair costs and other recoverable expenses.
A key element in your claim would be the evidence connecting the driver’s negligence to your injuries. Hence, meticulous preparation and guidance from an experienced adviser are valuable for your case.